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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

RPGPundit Presents: The Shithole!

Yes, come discover The Shithole! In the Gonzo OSR world of the Last Sun, it's the most awful place of a bunch of awful places.   A wasteland populated by rival mutant tribes desperate to survive, terrible poisoned swamps with hideous monstrosities, mysterious but deadly artifacts and remnants of the Pythian Knights and of the Dark Ones (who fought their apocalyptic battle here in this very place at the time of the Great Disaster) and godless sects.




Whether your PCs are trapped in the Shithole and trying to find a way out through the wall of mountains built to keep its horrors in, or they've gone into the Shithole in search of impossible Ancient Tech, or to look for the legendary Lost City of Tijuana (and its immortal King Keith I), or because they're working with the Sloth Cartel in a smuggling operation out of the Shithole, or even if they're trying to go down into the dark pit at the core of the Shithole, RPGPundit Presents #59: The Shithole will provide ample life & death challenges for your OSR player characters!

 

RPGPundit Presents #59 includes rules and several random tables for generating primitive post-apocalyptic tribes of the Shithole.

You also get rules for travel and survival through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and a table of Wasteland Encounters.

You even get a 100-entry Random Wasteland Junk table!


So, if you're looking for an OSR product to cover a fantasy-post-apocalyptic wasteland world, with a style tending toward the Gonzo, be sure to check out RPGPundit Presents #59: The Shithole at DTRPG, available for just $2.99 for a 28-page sourcebook, or for the same price at the Precis Intermedia Webstore.


And while you're at it, be sure to pick up the rest of the great supplements in the RPGPundit Presents series:


RPGPundit Presents #1: DungeonChef!

RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia  (usable for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #3: High-Tech Weapons


RPGPundit Presents #5: The Child-Eaters (an adventure scenario for Lion & Dragon!)









RPGPundit Presents #17: The Hunters (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)




RPGPundit Presents #21: Hecate's Tomb (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)































RPGPundit Presents #54: Medieval College Adventures (compatible with Lion & Dragon)





Stay tuned for more next week!



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Monday, 17 December 2018

Sorry, no time for a blog entry today; I'm off to another BBQ.  Tis the season...

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Wild West Campaign: The OK Corral

There's not that much to say about this session. Everyone knew it was coming. The PCs had gone off to to hunt down Cowboys Frank Stillwell and Pete Spence, who had (incredibly) robbed another stagecoach only a month after they'd been acquitted of an earlier stagecoach robbery they'd committed.

Of course, since that case, the Cowboys had become increasingly mocking and aggressive to the Earps and their deputies.

The PCs at this point were increasingly losing their patience with the Cowboys and were determined that they were going to take any opposition from the two outlaws once they hunted them down. They managed to track them down (with some help from Charlie Bassett), to a failing town by the name of Contention City. What followed, was a very exciting galloping shootout while riding in night-time conditions against the fleeing outlaws.  Pete Spence fell off his horse and sprained his arm, and then surrendered.

But Frank Stillwell kept trying to flee. Finally, Crazy Miller (who had been deputized for this posse) shot him in the chest, killing him instantly.

They were bringing the prisoner and the corpse back in the direction of Tombstone, when they learned that in their absence, this had happened:




The PCs knew that, with 4 Cowboys dead in the last two days, the war between the Earp lawmen and the Cowboys had finally begun.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Pictures From Uruguay: Rooftop Parilla (BBQ) Party

Today I was a bit busy, doing this:









This was all from Bill the Elf's rooftop, and his meat on the grill.


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Friday, 14 December 2018

Playing a D&D Character With Disabilities is Great, but Not For Virtue Signalling

It can be really fascinating to play a character with a disability, from character creation or due to injury, as an opportunity for deep roleplaying or overcoming challenges. But if you're only talking about it to Virtue Signal identitarian politics, it's just stupid.



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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Classic Rant: I Should Have Figured ("Real Magick in RPGs", cont.)

I Figured this Had to Happen Sooner or Later (“Real” Magick in RPGs)

Didn’t expect it to take this long, really, but there you go. A “real” magician (of some kind, if you can call an apparent fan of the pseudo-rosicrucian quasi-theosophical “New Thought” movement, the precursors of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Antony-Robbins self-help-book crowd, any sort of magician) has apparently started taking umbrage to some of my comments about the wild and crazy state of the modern occultism scene, and particularly he seems to be under the impression I’m giving Aleister Crowley too much credit. The action is all going on over on the RPGPundit’s forum of theRPGsite, where I’ve been posting the archived past entries of this series from my blog. 

I’m willing to at least consider whether the guy has a point, in that I’ve spoken quite a bit about how stupid a lot of the self-styled followers of Aleister Crowley today are, but maybe in trying to explain why Crowley is important, and has such a huge influence on both the silly and the serious magicians of the 21st century, I lionized the guy a bit too much and didn’t bother to talk about his flaws. There were more than a few, but probably not the ones those who feel fear or loathing at the mention of his name imagine: there was no baby-sacrifices or murder, and even relatively far less abuse or manipulation of his students than people tend to believe.



There are some areas that you could say were problematic, but that have also been exaggerated or misrepresented. Its not fair to just blankly paint him as a “misogynist”, for example, when in fact a lot of what Crowley wrote about women was in the realm of radical women’s lib, especially compared to the standard of the age. Undoubtedly, he still did cling himself to some of the notions of his time regarding women, but that’s hardly fair to judge, and for the most part people who accuse him of sexism mainly do so on the basis that Crowley liked to have sex with a lot of women, and believe that if they wanted to have sex with him that was a good thing. Likewise, accusations of racism are complicated: there’s no question that some of the things Crowley said or wrote would be terribly racist by today’s standards, as well as awfully anti-semitic; but on the other hand he also kept acquaintance and regard with people of all races, traveled the world and by all accounts went utterly native wherever and whenever he could (something scandalous to the typical Edwardian mentality of trying as much as possible to avoid native culture or interaction) and was one of the first really serious advocates of presenting esoteric concepts from the middle east, India, and China on THEIR terms, rather than assuming these to be at best degenerated truths from ancient caucasian, Atlantean, Lemurian, or other non-ethnic sources. 


No, from the point of view of occultism, Crowley’s flaws were more along the lines of things like the fact that he failed to complete the magical operation of Abramelin on the first try, something that led to about a half-decade of disaster for him magically speaking; the fact that he often ignored or failed to act upon the instructions he received in his operations, essentially being a “reluctant messenger” for the change he was himself trying to embody, and other varieties of biting-off more than he could chew. He was also very regularly suffering from serious material/financial instability, and while some of his studies on drugs (and the incredibly honest accounts he provided of these in writing) were absolutely invaluable from the perspective of both a magician and a “seeker of the self” in general, it was also pretty clear that his threadbare control over himself in this department ultimately caused him more harm than good. 






There’s no question that he was a relentless seeker of infamy; and while there’s a longstanding tradition of this in esoteric practice (the Sufis call this the “path of blame”, or the Tibetans call it “Crazy wisdom”) and as a technique it probably made his memory so immortal, it also caused him and people associated with him no end of trouble. He was bombastic at times when it would have been wiser to be subtle, and sold himself short at times when he should have been confident. His administrative management of his working groups were absolutely terrible, and most damningly, he failed to produce an effective heir for any of these groups or work; fortunately, he turned out to be better at producing a legacy, which in a way is more important, since groups are bound to stagnate no matter what you do. While he certainly had an amazing sex life, he was a hard person to have as a friend, and in romantic relationships he was an unmitigated disaster; but this kind of thing often goes with the territory.

Anyways, none of this actually relates to RPGs, so I’ll stop now, but if you’re actually more interested in the discussion from the magical point of view, check out that thread.

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(Originally posted October 18, 2012)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Expanded Medieval-Authentic Prior History Tables

This week Precis Intermedia publishes RPGPundit Presents #58: Expanded Prior History Tables

If you have Dark Albion or Lion & Dragon, you're already familiar with the prior history tables, which you roll during character creation as a great random method for generating an interesting element of backstory.  These vary from relatively mundane personal stories to unusual events to supernatural situations. In those books, the prior history tables had 30 entries.



In Expanded History Tables, this is expanded into 80 different entries, divided into four tables in order of increasingly unusual events. Your character could have an animal companion, suffered tragic heartbreak, have fought in a rebellion, have been a foundling orphan, have a false identity, have been the only survivor of an earlier party, engaged in a scandalous romantic affair, studied the healing arts, have survived an encounter with the living dead, or with elves from the fae realm, have somehow saved the life of a Lord, have survived a death sentence, worked as a smuggler, or as a child thief, have survived lycanthropy, have a famous relative, joined a secret fraternity, been the subject of a prophecy, or have inherited an item of great power. Or many, many other options.

The background events in the book are Medieval-Authentic, but can be easily applied to any OSR, D&D or other Fantasy RPG campaign. Some of them just provide roleplaying opportunities, while others grant bonuses, skills, penalties or disadvantages, or any combination of the above.


So be sure to pick up RPGPundit Presents #58: Expanded Medieval-Authentic Prior History Tables from DTRPG, or from the Precis Intermedia webstore!


And while you're at it, be sure to pick up the rest of the great supplements in the RPGPundit Presents series:


RPGPundit Presents #1: DungeonChef!

RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia  (usable for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #3: High-Tech Weapons


RPGPundit Presents #5: The Child-Eaters (an adventure scenario for Lion & Dragon!)









RPGPundit Presents #17: The Hunters (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)




RPGPundit Presents #21: Hecate's Tomb (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)































RPGPundit Presents #54: Medieval College Adventures (compatible with Lion & Dragon)




Stay tuned for more next week!



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